Konami’s official eFootball Twitter account has confirmed its first release will be “basically a demo” when it launches this Autumn.
The comments were made in an official Twitter thread answering fans’ common questions about the planned free-to-play launch. It said “We want people to get hands-on with eFootball as soon as possible, so we will launch with a limited number of teams and modes”. Further details are promised closer to launch.
It was also confirmed that the game’s “early Autumn” launch will include no micro-transactions, with all the content in the initial release available from the outset. More content will be added as the season of Autumn progresses, again with more details to follow. You’ll be able to filter cross-play matchmaking based on location and platform, they also revealed and Local Match will be include CPU opponents in the first release.
Further down the road, Edit Mode and Option Files, allowing owners to customise the names of players and teams, for example, will be added as a free update after the initial release. However, it seems this will only be available on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game. Master League will also be added as “premium downloadable content” in the future.
Konami announced eFootball a couple of weeks ago, revealing the game will drop the Pro Evolution Soccer/PES branding the series has had since 2001. Prior to that it also went under the name ISS Pro Evolution and Goal Storm, and the series was also known as Winning Eleven in its native Japan.
eFootball‘s first release is expected in “Early Autumn” and will be free-to-play on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC and mobile.
Q: Is “Early Autumn” launch basically a demo?
A: In many ways, yes. We want people to get hands-on with eFootball™ as soon as possible, so we will launch with a limited number of teams and modes. Exact details to follow.
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) August 2, 2021